Japan Day 9

IWATAYAMA MONKEY PARK DAY! Today was the day I was waiting for since day 1. It was printed on our itinerary that today we would visit the Iwatayama Monkey Park. After jumping on the train to get to Arashiyama, we tried hard not get side-tracked by the various stalls and ice cream shops that paved the way to the monkey park. After picking up a couple souvenirs (our plan to not get side-tracked got side-tracked), we found a big sign with a monkey pointing to the park – following said monkey finger, we were greeted by a large set of …

Japan Day 8

Today we went to Kinkakuji Temple, which is also known as the Golden Pavilion. After fighting with the other tourists to get a decent photo of the Temple, we took a stroll through the nearby garden path, and explored some more nearby temples and shrines. After some prayers were said and green tea ice cream consumed, we headed to our next destination, Nijo Castle. Upon buying our tickets, we were notified that we only had 20 minutes to see the castle since it was going to be closing soon. We decided to fight the power, and take our sweet-ass time …

Japan Day 7

Day 7. Not only did today mark our first week in Japan, but it was also the first time I was able to meet Mel’s Japanese host family, the Shirakura’s. Being able to experience the generosity and kindness of a Japanese host family was amazing. They took us out for Yakiniku. The restaurant they chose was as awesome as the food. Each meat grill had a ventilation fan that sucked up all the smoke so you would leave the restaurant as fresh as you walked in. I cannot begin to describe how kind the Shirakura’s were and I can’t thank …

Elle

After throwing ideas back and forth with Elle, we decided on a bohemian inspired shoot that was soft, natural and floral. I Loved the colour palette she put together, and the location I managed to find was extremely versatile as we were really able to pull off a variety of looks just by facing different directions in the same spot. Big ups to Elle for braving the cold, and making it look effortless.  

Japan Day 6

Today, we travelled from Osaka to Kyoto for our second leg of our trip. Those awesome pink flowers you see were Ume trees and they were conveniently located outside of Kyobashi Station; which we used to transfer to Kyoto Station. It was a nice view during our walk to breakfast. Speaking of breakfast, we found this little gem of a restaurant as we were nearing starvation. We always seem to find the best places when we are about to die from hunger. After breakfast, we made our way to Kyoto to explore. We popped into the Kyoto Takashimaya Department store …

Japan Day 5

That innocent bowl of curry udon you see is not as innocent as it looked. It was 9 parts chilli flakes to 1 part curry – That was how spicy it was. It was a good way to wake us up for our awesome day ahead though. We headed to the Osaka Aquarium to see how much it would shit all over Perth’s “Aqwa”. We were not disappointed. This multi-level aquatic wonderland was beyond amazing. The Aquarium is built around one huge fish tank that houses everything. To give you an idea as how large this tank is, it makes …

Japan Day 4

We’re up to day 4 and we’re still going strong. After a healthy Japanese breakfast of Udon and fried chicken, we decided to go sight seeing at Osaka Castle. The castle itself was a sight to behold and it was situated up on quite a steep hill. It was surrounded by greenery that looked like huge bonsai trees. When we made it inside, we were expecting something more historic, much like the temples and shrines we have gone into previously. This was not the case, as the whole castle itself was renovated into a museum inside from top to bottom.  …

Japan Day 3

Today we ventured to Nara Deer Park to feed the deer and to see the Todai Ji which houses a giant Buddha. Nara is just an hour away from Kyoto and is a really peaceful place. As soon as we got off the train, we ventured into town to see what it had to offer before rushing to see the deer. The town itself has a peaceful vibe, and the streets are lined with temples and shrines. We happened to walk past a pair of giant wooden doors and couldn’t help but go in to have a look. We were …

Japan Day 2

Today, we travelled to Kyoto for our first day of cherry blossom viewing. Our first stop was Ginkakuji Temple where we saw an immaculately kept garden, which seemed to never end. It was an amazing place to see as no matter which direction you looked, you were faced with jaw dropping scenery. Our next destination was the Philosopher’s Path, which is a stone path that is lined with cherry blossoms. Upon our first visit, we travelled half (we thought we had done the entire thing, but more on this later) of the path and saw the famous cherry blossoms they …